Fourteen Bruins - Seven First-Round Picks - Now On NBA Teams
June 28, 2009
Now that the 2009 NBA Draft is history, UCLA has 14 men's basketball alumni on the rosters of NBA teams. Nine of them have played for head coach Ben Howland, who has produced six first-round picks in the last four years, the highest total in the nation during that span.
Seven of the Bruins are first round draft picks -- Baron Davis (No. 3 in 1999), Jordan Farmar (No. 26 in 2006), Aaron Afflalo (No. 27 in 2007), Russell Westbrook (No. 4 in 2008), Kevin Love (No. 5 in 2008), Jrue Holiday (No. 17 in 2009) and Darren Collison (No. 21 in 2009).
Two of the Bruins have won an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers -- Trevor Ariza and Farmar. Three of the alums will be participating in a USA Basketball mini-camp next month - Ariza of the Lakers, Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Here is the complete list of Bruins in the NBA with their NBA length of service entering the 2009-10 season:
Arron Afflalo - Detroit Pistons (third year in 2009-10)
Trevor Ariza - Los Angeles Lakers (sixth year)
Matt Barnes - Phoenix Suns (seventh year)
Darren Collison - New Orleans Hornets (first year)
Baron Davis - Los Angeles Clippers (11th year)
Jordan Farmar - Los Angeles Lakers (fourth year)
Dan Gadzuric - Milwaukee Bucks (eighth year)
Jrue Holiday - Philadelphia 76ers (first year)
Ryan Hollins - Dallas Mavericks (fourth year)
Jason Kapono - Philadelphia 76ers (seventh year)
Kevin Love - Minnesota Timberwolves (second year)
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - Milwaukee Bucks (second year)
Earl Watson - Oklahoma City Thunder (ninth year)
Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder (second year)